Doors are Open for 2019

Storizen Magazine - - What's Inside - – Manil Mayank Mishra

While watch­ing a pre­view of a master class by ac­claimed film maker, Meera Nair, I stum­bled upon this pow­er­ful state­ment by her – If You Don’t tell Your Own Story, No One Else Will. So, here I am. Telling you all what 2018 had had for me.

Here, at the very on­set, when I look back, 2018 cer­tainly wasn’t a mere cal­en­dar year for me. This has been a year where ‘con­sol­i­da­tion’ was the word. While re­ject­ing the prin­ci­pled so­cial idea of ‘mov­ing on’ upon ir­rel­e­vant peo­ple, struc­tures and in­ci­dents, I grew wiser to let time in­ter­vene pur­pose­fully in­stead. The ef­fect of this ges­ture was such that I sim­ply en­joyed the de­sign of na­ture and rusted peo­ple, stale hap­pen­ings, strange

sur­round­ings, zeal­ous emo­tions clearly be­came obliv­i­ous to me. I was cleansed, made col­lected and there­fore con­tin­ued to a much gal­lop­ing to­mor­row. What were left were af­fir­ma­tive, con­tribut­ing and in­te­gral mem­o­ries and mod­els from past which is why they are go­ing to go a long way with me, in fact, for­ever. Rest all of it, like I said, was just a residue.

I have run, quested and fought a lot in my life. 2018 told me the pure alchemy of be­ing a lit­tle re­sistible to change and com­plex­i­ties. It taught me to ap­pre­ci­ate set­tle­ment and sim­plic­ity. It in­tro­duced me to a clean phi­los­o­phy that two par­al­lel lines may never meet but it’s the ex­pec­ta­tion of meet­ing which keeps the lines par­al­lel, al­ways. There­fore, I be­came more em­pa­thetic to­wards men and women, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties who are in trou­bled re­la­tion­ships with so­ci­ety or in­di­vid­u­als but are still try­ing hard to save love and co­he­sion. I am not fond of read­ing. I am fond of books which are worth read­ing. This year, I got more fo­cused on the in­sti­tu­tion of read­ing per se. As this pro­vokes you to imag­ine the la­tent emo­tion which some­one writes you to imag­ine the way it has been evolved. It makes you to de­velop a kind of sub­al­tern out­look. This there­fore, im­proved my emo­tional re­sponse to dis­tress and dif­fer­ence. My un­der­stand­ing of virtues and vices, bonds and to­geth­er­ness got more af­firmed. How­ever, some emo­tional in­sta­bil­ity by the pass­ing away of a very docile fam­ily mem­ber (who I couldn’t give much in my life, the rea­son, I partly feel I too am re­spon­si­ble for his demise) and two of my friends’ from po­etry and the­atre jolted me for quite some time. How­ever, the ar­rival of a lit­tle baby girl in our fam­ily re­moved the ex­ist­ing sor­rows and woes like a magic wand. She is every one’s joy, a lov­able lad who laughs like rains, moves like a rab­bit and looks like a beau­ti­ful dove. The only thing ev­ery­one

wants in fam­ily is to spend time with her.

Com­ing on to the pro­fes­sional front, 2018 has in­deed been like an an­gelic bless­ing for me. My pro­fes­sional de­meanor, so­cial lik­a­bil­ity, ac­cep­tance and recog­ni­tion in­creased dra­mat­i­cally. The year started off by a giv­ing an amaz­ing the­atre work­shop to act­ing en­thu­si­asts, and re­spectable po­etry in­vi­ta­tion at Hauz Khas and bag­ging an op­por­tu­nity to be a part of a phys­i­cal the­atre work­shop by an in­ter­na­tional phys­i­cal the­atre in­struc­tor. We moved ahead and our hand writ­ten trago –ro­man­tic stage pro­duc­tion ‘Khush­fa­hamiyaan – Bass Itti Si’ was short­listed for a na­tional fes­ti­val fol­lowed by a se­nior the­atre di­rec­tor giv­ing us an op­por­tu­nity again to stage the same pro­duc­tion with a lot of ga­lore and adu­la­tion. Then again, I am re­ally thank­ful to my di­rec­tor who cast me in two of their the­atre pro­duc­tions giv­ing me a sense of ful­fill­ment with the suc­cess of the shows. Fur­ther, we got a chance to raise and stage our new theatri­cal ven­ture – ‘Raziyah Sultan’ which like all our stage pro­duc­tions, was opened with a huge ac­cep­tance. Lastly, I got an op­por­tu­nity to stage a dra­ma­tized per­for­mance of our most suc­cess­ful stage pro­duc­tion ‘Khush­fa­hamiyaan’ in front of a mas­sive au­di­ence at a pro­fes­sional space in Mum­bai too.

Op­por­tu­ni­ties as an ac­tor for me­dia were re­ally ful­fill­ing this year as well. I could work for a dig­i­tal com­mer­cial for the hon­ourable Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fi­cial web­site, a re­spectable char­ac­ter for an Ama­zon Prime web se­ries, a highly pop­u­lar com­mer­cial for a tooth paste brand, a web se­ries by an ac­claimed di­rec­tor, a de­cent yet var­ied role in an­other pop­u­lar web se­ries and a very sen­si­ble

fea­ture film on North - Eastern is­sues.

The part on po­etry was equally en­rich­ing with spe­cial in­vites as a poet to mul­ti­ple and fa­mous plat­forms where the au­di­ence loved my lit­tle con­tri­bu­tion to po­etry. Th­ese plat­forms, un­like pre­vi­ous years, have a size­able reach to the on­line and off­line shores na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally and thus, my recog­ni­tion as a poet grew rapidly be­yond imag­i­na­tion. I was even called out to poetic plat­forms which specif­i­cally cater to the gen­er­a­tion of to­day thereby giv­ing me an­other per­spec­tive to my po­etry.

2018, to my ut­ter sur­prise, thank­fully, has been a year of ve­he­ment so­cial pres­ence and recog­ni­tion as well. The jour­ney be­gan with a spe­cial in­vited talk by a fa­mous ex­change fo­rum in Delhi on the ‘Ap­proach To­wards the Crimes of Rapes in In­dia’ which needed a lot of re­search and perseverance in prepa­ra­tion how­ever, the suc­cess to it came early as I could give the pre­sen­ta­tion with earnest ideas and fig­ures. Then came the in­vi­ta­tion to speak on my life and ca­reer by a na­tional or­a­gan­i­sa­tion on en­trepreneur­ship as a speech of in­spi­ra­tion to peo­ple who ranged from big cor­po­rate houses to in­ter­na­tional em­bassies. The ex­pe­ri­ence was over­whelm­ing and stu­pen­dous. Lastly, when a friend rec­om­mended me to be in­ter­viewed by an on­line act­ing sup­port group as a part of a global sum­mit, the con­se­quences of it were beau­ti­ful where I could see an­other per­spec­tive to per­form­ing arts for a cor­po­rate ap­proach is re­ally re­quired to stream­line the fate of many strug­gling ac­tors to­day.

Hon­estly, nei­ther the year has ended nor my will to tap the max­i­mum po­ten­tial from any mo­ment, which is why when I got two school projects to write and di­rect their an­nual stage pro­duc­tions, I was de­ter­mined to do it with per­fec­tion. It feels re­ally happy when lit­tle chil­dren of the

Sri­ram Mil­len­nium School acted on your script or the The Ruhi Foun­da­tion School which gives you am­ple of space and com­mand as the­atre trainer to take the best out of their stu­dents. This isn’t it though.

That urge to cre­ate some­thing new every day has now made me to write an­other stage pro­duc­tion on my name next year. At present, I am work­ing on that story. Con­clu­sively, when I think of 2019, it doesn’t sound as an in­de­pen­dent cal­en­dar year to me either. 2019 for me, shall be a nor­maliser be­tween my un­der­stand­ing of dreams and their re­al­iza­tion. I ex­pect 2019 to be valid ex­ten­sion of the rel­e­vant ef­forts I put in 2018 and also would want good peo­ple, great books and de­cent im­pres­sions to stay by. I am look­ing for­ward to 2019 not a mag­i­cal year but as a log­i­cal con­clu­sion to all those umpteen de­bates and dis­cus­sions I have had with my­self over the prac­ti­cal ful­fill­ment of my dreams. There­fore, I am ex­pect­ing to write pro­fes­sion­ally for more es­tab­lished projects. I am also ex­pect­ing my cre­ative thought process to grow more de­tailed and me­thod­i­cal so that my cre­ations (writ­ing or act­ing) be­come more be­liev­able and stream­lined. By God’s grace, if things go as per­ceived, I could run a new stage pro­duc­tion, be­come more con­scious about health reg­i­men, be more of a giver than taker and to build strength in the idea of to­geth­er­ness. Ba­si­cally, what I see in 2019 is in­creased in­de­pen­dence, ac­cept­able lib­erty in be­ing so­cially apt (if not cor­rect) and yes, would cer­tainly put in my best ef­forts to every op­por­tu­nity ush­ered to­wards me. I want 2019, in to­tal­ity, to be a year of more plau­si­ble work and vis­i­ble firm­ness with peo­ple who love and ac­knowl­edge me the kind I am.

Doors are open 2019, don’t ring the bell, don’t knock the door. Sim­ply en­ter. You will find a my large heart gleam­ing with ex­pec­ta­tions and prom­ises for you. While work­ing with Barry John Stu­dio (BJS) as a men­tor for Chil­dren’s work­shops and later, with mul­ti­ple acad­e­mies as an act­ing teacher, the process of knowl­edge shar­ing strength­ened my courage to write com­mer­cial stage pro­duc­tions. My in­cli­na­tion to writ­ing as an in­di­vid­ual who can think to­wards the idea of a beau­ti­ful world is a di­rect out­come of the unique ex­pe­ri­ences I had with hu­mans and ob­jects which most cer­tainly, still con­tinue.

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